Dolman Law Group is an award winning Clearwater car accident and personal injury law firm. Matthew Dolman has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by his colleagues. Mr. Dolman has been nominated as a top 100 trial attorney and top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.
are expected to live for around 13 years—are very susceptible to eye conditions
and disorders. With that said, when 12-year-old pug Chloe was burdened with an
eye condition, it came as little surprise to the owner, Kimberly Hayden of St.
any respectable dog owner would do, Hayden took her beloved dog to the local
vet when she noticed a cloudy eye. What was her choice of veterinary hospital?
It was the PetSmart-partner known as Banfield.
were sent home with three different eye drops […] two oral medications” explained
was expecting a follow-up with Chloe in a few days, so Monday morning Hayden
dropped her off before work.
received a phone call at noon approximately 4 hours after the drop-off from a
lady at PetSmart.
is doing well. She’s recovering well from surgery.”
was in shock. Her dog’s cheap follow-up became an expensive, unauthorized
surgery. Hayden had even signed paperwork that ensured anything costing more
than $5 would be brought to her attention beforehand. This was not the case.
The Initial Reaction
Hayden was re-introduced with Chloe, she broke down in tears.
immediately recognized my voice and came right to me. Jumped up, wanted to be
in my lap, and curled up into a ball.”
was shocking to Hayden for her dog to have undergone such extensive surgery
without her permission, and understandably so.
been working closely with Chloe and trying to help her adapt, saying “She’s
stumbling, bumping into things. It’s just been very traumatic. It feels
manager at the St. Petersburg Banfield Hospital where this event took place
personally stepped up and admitted that a terrible mistake had been made.
up the management line was Ari Zabell, the client advocate for Banfield Pet
Hospital with the following statement:
Banfield Pet Hospital, we are committed to partnering with clients in all
decisions regarding their pet's care. In the instance of Chloe, although the
care provided was medically necessary based on the severity of her condition
and lack of response to therapy, we did fail to get surgical authorization from
the client on the day of the procedure. However, we had previously discussed
the need for surgery with the client-we also communicated that surgery was
critical to alleviate Chloe's pain and potential for infection. We apologize
for the lack of clear communication and will continue to attempt to reach Ms.
Hayden in an effort to further resolve her concerns. In the meantime, we wish
Chloe a speedy recovery."
Possible Legal Actions?
Kimberly Hayden has stated that any legal actions that she chooses to take are
main focus seems to be the prevention of future veterinary malpractices in
whole-heartedly explained that “If I can do anything with what happened to us
yesterday to help others, then unfortunately this was a bad thing but we did
good from it,”
has plenty of wiggle room for pitching a successful case, but only time will
tell us exactly how much compensation she is seeking for the case.
B. Goodman founded the International Polo
Club Palm Beach.
It was a joint task force between Summerfield Johnston, Jr., Mickey Tarnapol,
and Goodman himself—header of the project. It has grown to become one of the
largest polo clubs of all time
and is home to many natural playing fields which were once the lush green
fields of Wellington, Florida.
became very wealthy from his inherited ownership of Goodman Global Holding, Inc., which—at the
time—was not only the largest privately held air conditioning and heating
equipment manufacturer in the United States, but was also worth an astounding
$1.43 billion dollars when he sold it to Apollo Management. It wasn’t until
the horrible accident on February 12th, 2010 that John B. Goodman’s name
became common knowledge.
A Convicted Criminal
was cruising near the grounds of his polo club in a Bentley when he failed to
obey a stop-sign. He collided with the car of Scott Patrick Wilson, 23, which
was then propelled and overturned into the body of water where Wilson drowned.
the worst choice Goodman could have made was leaving the scene. He failed to
stop and call emergency services until an hour later. This failure to act resulted
in hit-and-run charges; had he stayed at the scene of the accident, he may have
been able to pull Wilson out of the wreckage before he drowned to death (in a
Black—the criminal defense attorney hired by Goodman—suggested Goodman claim a
vehicular malfunction to be the cause of the crash. This attempt proved to be a
waste of time. His BAC (Blood-Alcohol Content) was more than twice the legal
limit when examined 3 hours after the crash; Goodman claimed he was not under
the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
Black defended Goodman vigorously stating that Goodman became intoxicated after the crash by drinking to ease the
pain of his newly obtained broken wrist. He says the trauma from the crash
caused Goodman a mild traumatic brain injury which resulted in disorientation
and confusion which lead to his failure to alert authorities. His cell phone
allegedly dead at the time as well—Goodman had to walk to the closest place he
could to find a phone.
A Second Hearing
found guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in March, 2012, Goodman
was sentenced to 16 years in prison and $10,000 in fines just 2 months later.
This hearing, however, was claimed to be faulty.
original jury in 2012 included a 70-year-old man by the name of Dennis
DeMartin. DeMartin was later found guilty of lying in court and violating court
orders and in turn entitled Goodman to another, proper trial. It’s clear now,
however, that regardless of DeMartin’s misconduct, Goodman is going to remain a
retrial—which lasted 15 days—concluded that, as determined by the original
jury, he was in fact guilty as charged. Statements were just not lining up;
criminally negligent acts were being declared by the jury (like speeding). He
was found guilty once again of DUI Mansalughter and Vehicular Homicide on
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 and will likely be sentenced in late
December, 2014 or early January, 2015.
more updates on current legal news, rights, information, and for legal
assistance, contact Dolman Law Group today or visit our website at www.dolmanlaw.com.
The consensus among most experts
is that one should not swerve when confronted with a last-second animal in the
road. Swerving out of the way when
confronted with a surprise animal in the road puts your family and others in
solemn peril. Countless folks across the country each year are incapacitated or
killed due to turning abruptly with the intentions of not striking an animal.
February 2014, Port Richey resident, Joseph
Barile, swerved so he would not hit a deer. After missing the deer, Joseph
struck a tree and died.
2013, Largo resident, Keith
Mastronardo, swerved his motorcycle to
avoid an animal in the road.
consequently lost control of his motorcycle and was struck by another
vehicle. Keith subsequently passed
away. A police officer recently rolled their vehicle
after swerving to miss an animal in the road.
Luckily, the police officer was not seriously injured.
Unfortunately, the events involving
the three individuals mentioned above are relatively common throughout the
country. According to a report by Jon
Beckman of the Wildlife Conservation Society, millions of animals are struck
in the road each year. This means that
there is a decent chance that you will be confronted with a animal in the road at
least once in your life, if not several times.
According to the
Defenders of Wildlife conservation organization:
200 people die each year in wildlife-vehicle accidents.
causes 29,000 injuries yearly.
accidents occur most frequently October to December.
animals causing human fatalities rose 67% from 1994 to 2006.
SHOULD YOU REACT IF AN ANIMAL CROSSES IN FRONT OF YOUR CAR
What should you do to increase
your safety due to animals in the road? Well, the first thing anyone can always
do is obey the law and speed limits. The
faster you drive, the less time there is to assess the surroundings. Next, make sure that you are cautious when
approaching areas of the road with heavy tree coverage. Most animals are pretty good at hiding from
people and you will not likely see them hiding until it is too late. Additionally, do not throw food scraps and rubbish
out of your window. This material will entice
animals to the road like a magnet causing a treacherous condition.
If you are confronted with an
animal in the path and you have time to stop, you should let off the gas and
lightly tap on the brakes. Do not slam
on the breaks unless your are sure that no one is behind you. If you do not have time to safely reduce your
speed, do not swerve your vehicle. You
significantly increase the risk of catastrophic injury if you swerve.
If you do end up making contact
with the animal, you should pull over at a safe area. Do not pull over on the shoulder of a heavily
trafficked highway if you have that option.
If there is any chance that you are injured, you must call 911
immediately. Sometimes you do not
realize you have been injured until it is too late. It is prudent to blunder on the side of
If you are not seriously
injured, find a safe place where you can pull over to call the authorities. Make
sure the suitable agency is contacted so that the animal is removed from the
area. You should also schedule an
appointment with your doctor to make you did not injure yourself. Many injuries go undetected until hours after
the accident. Whiplash can cause chronic
pain, and the symptoms can go unnoticed immediately after the accident.
TO AN EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER IN PINELLAS COUNTY
Finally, you should contact a
licensed Florida attorney whenever you are in car wreck. Following a car accident, you will have to
face the insurance companies and any medical bills that follow. The insurance companies and the bill
collectors do not care if you get a fair arrangement. That is why you need a
seasoned attorney who will fight zealously for you. The team over at Dolman Law Group battles
daily for their clients so that they do not get a raw deal. No outworks Dolman Law Group.
Thomas Eric Duncan was the first patient
in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola. He was born in Liberia and
lived there for most of his life, where a large portion of his family still
resides. It wasn’t until September 19th that he made the surprising
decision to move to the United States to pursue a better life. No one, however,
expected it to end so soon after his departure.
In Liberia, Duncan worked for an
offspring company of FedEx known as Safeway
Cargo. He personally transported the
general manager of the company, Henry Brunson,
who explains that Duncan unexpectedly quit his job without reason. It was later
discovered that—after a phone call with his sister (who lives in the U.S.)—he
obtained a visa and planned to arrive at Dallas, Texas on September 20th,
2014 to meet his now 19-year-old son and Louise Troh, his fiancée, who fled
Liberia with their son 16 years ago to escape the African civil war.
The Initial Contraction
On September 15th, 2014,
Thomas Eric Duncan—better known as Eric—was in Monrovia, Liberia where he used
to reside. He rented living space from the Williams family and shared the home
with them. It was shocking for the family when chaos suddenly ensued; the
pregnant Nathaline Williams began experiencing unbearable pain and needed
immediate medical attention. With the disease spreading rapidly in Liberia,
emergency transportation and even hospital beds were scarcely available on a
first-come, first-serve basis.
The troubling family was experiencing
incredible difficulty in receiving fetching an ambulance, so Eric took it upon
himself to step up and secure a taxi ride for the group. They traveled very
closely in the back of the taxi; it was never discovered exactly how much physical
contact Eric had with Nathaline that day, but the family was faced with a
tragedy when Nathaline later died from Ebola.
How Did He Not Know?
4 days later, when boarding his
connecting flight from Brussels, Belgium to Dallas at the Monrovia airport,
Eric—as were all other passengers—was asked to fill out a health examination
questionnaire. Because Nathaline was many months into her pregnancy, Eric had
admitted that he assumed she was having a painful miscarriage. Assuming he truly believed Nathaline had a
miscarriage, and combined with the fact that he was showing no symptoms; Eric answered
“no” when asked if he has had any contact with the Ebola virus in the past 21
It was only when he began showing
symptoms on September 24th, 2014 that he decided to take any medical
action. He went to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital emergency room the
next night seeking an answer and treatment. The medical physicians at the
hospital—whose guards were likely lowered with little given thought to the
Ebola virus—sent Eric home with antibiotics and scheduled instructions.
The daughter of his newly reunited
fiancée, Youngor Jallah, insisted that Eric go back to the hospital. Three days
after his initial hospital visit, Youngor took it upon herself to call 911 and
have Eric taken in. She stated that his blood pressure was “frighteningly low,
and his temperature measured close to 103.” Also, according to her brief
examination, “his eyes had turned red”, he was vomiting, and “he had been to
the bathroom seven times during the night.”
The Spread; the Surprise; and the News
After an astounding 3 hours stay in the
waiting room, nurses finally gave medical attention to Eric. They were
reportedly wearing partial hazmat
suits and were therefore more
susceptible to the contraction of Ebola. It’s clear to see how unprepared the
U.S. was for Ebola; although it the virus was running rampant in Liberia and
many other Africa countries, a direct threat to the United States was never
The only reason even partial hazmat
suits were worn was because Youngor had warned medical professionals about
Eric’s history in Liberia and expressed that genuine care and safety should be
practiced. Eric went from critical to
stable, stable to questionable, questionable to critical again, and then sadly
lost the battle with Ebola on October 8th, 2014.
Just 2 days after Eric’s death, a
26-year-old nurse by the name of Nina Pham who aided in the treatment of Eric
(Duncan) reported to have a fever. The next day, on October 11th,
2014, she was confirmed to have contracted Ebola and became the first person to
contract the virus in the United States. News of this contraction spread like
wildfire on mainstream media news and quickly made Ebola a hot topic for
Amber Vinson—another nurse who treated
Eric—had plans to travel on October 13th, 2014 via Frontier Airlines
Flight 1143 from Cleveland back to Dallas; there were132 other passengers on
that flight. Vinson made an incredibly wise choice and made a phone call to the
Center for Disease Control (CDC) to report a temperature of 99.5 degrees. She
was concerned for the safety of the other passengers and wanted to clarify that
it would be okay to fly.
A health official at the CDC gave her
the green light and Vinson boarded the flight. With so many people on board
that flight, it took everyone involved by surprise when the next day, Amber
Vinson was reporting a high fever. According to Wikipedia, Vinson was isolated within 90 minutes of reporting the fever and was tested positive for
the virus the next day.
With 2 nurses having contracted the
virus from Eric, viewers of mainstream media news couldn’t help but panic. Not
everyone was sure on exactly how big of a problem the virus was becoming. In
the news, the overwhelming stories and scare tactics employed led citizens to
believe it was a lot worse than it actually was.
30-year-old Briana Aguirre was the nurse
that treated Nina Pham at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Based on the
so-far seemingly predictable pattern, you’d imagine that Aguirre also contracted
Ebola, but she did not. She made a bold move and decided to take time off of
work to seek help from a lawyer. She met Robert W. Kelley of the Kelley/Uustal
firm in Fort Lauderdale and explained the unsafe practices and protection the
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was supplying their staff.
They were soon interviewed together by
an interested Matt Lauer from the “Today Show” on NBC who asked questions about
the hazmat suits and other precautions these nurses take to remain healthy.
Aguirre explained that there was a “3-inch gap below the chin” and it could
pose a threat if contaminated fluid got into the nose or mouth. Kelley’s firm
strongly focuses on medical malpractice suits, and with Aguirre being a whistleblower, she needed a firm who could strongly defend her
Aguirre doesn’t necessarily plan to take
any direct legal action against the hospital, she just wants to learn her rights and protect her
health and best interests. Aguirre told Lauer that she greatly enjoys working
for the hospital, but “threw a fit” when she witnessed how poorly trained and
prepared staff were for Ebola. Aguirre’s main goal is to let United States
citizens know that hospitals need to change for the better; they need an
upgrade and she urges everyone to step up and fight for safer, more prepared,
and more advanced health care. She explained that “This is one of the biggest
facilities in this city. Yet, doctors were walking from room to room and
Will Aguirre’s battle for safer health
care cost her job at the hospital she loved? Will she land herself in court for
disorderly conduct? Will she be forced to pursue the hospital and charge them
with medical malpractice? With her lawyer Kelley by her side, she plans to
speak her mind freely and with protection. Only time can tell if she can make a
difference. For more articles on legal rights, stories, and more, visit www.dolmanlaw.com.
In the United States—according to one of
the most recent studies—about 1.4 million Americans suffer a TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury, per year. These can range anywhere from short term
concussions to long term brain defects that severely disable the patient. Of
those 1.4 million TBIs, approximately 50,000 of them result in death and
235,000 results in lengthy hospitalizations. The rest—1.1 million—are treated
and released after a short period. In total, there’s about 5.3 million
Americans living with a TBI today in
the United States; meaning that 2% of the U.S. population is currently living
with a long term disability.
In Florida, those numbers are scaled
down to reflect a smaller population. Around 370,000 Florida residents are
currently living with a long term disability as the result of a TBI and that
number is expected to increase to approximately 435,000 by 2015. In 2005 alone,
93,000 TBIs occurred in Florida, 3,900 of which resulted in deaths. Florida, however, has grown to be one of the
most notable states for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. (More on traumatic brain injuries in Florida)
The ‘invisible disability’—called such
because of the often difficult or delayed diagnosis—has become a more common
problem in today’s society in conjunction with the increased use of motor
vehicles, participation in recreational and/or professional sports, and other
activities which may or may not have become more dangerous over the years.
There are understandable reasons for your TBI to go unnoticed right away such as:
·Symptoms—both mental and physical—take time to
·Doctors choose to conduct only partial tests on
patients because no head trauma is visible.
·Symptoms that were shown are blamed on something other
than a traumatic brain injury.
·Drugs which are prescribed to deal with another injury
may counter the negative cognitive effects as a result of the TBI.
Florida Fights TBIs
Life can become incredibly difficult for
a patient who has received a TBI—sometimes even impossible for them to live on
their own. Mandated by the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Health, Brain and Spinal Cord
Injury Program, or BSCIP, is called upon
to assist, treat, and re-develop patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic
brain injuries. They are financially supported through a trust fund which
receives a portion of money from many vehicle, motorcycle, and licensing fines,
penalties, or fees. The main purpose that the BSCIP serves is the
rehabilitation of patients. A patient who has suffered a severe TBI must be
properly re-introduced to the community and requires assistance in doing so.
The BSCIP helps in providing the tools and modifications needed for the
continuance of easy living.
Those who are blessed with working legs
and a healthy, functioning brain have many choices of travel. A patient who has
suffered from a moderate-to-severe TBI may lose his or her ability to walk.
It’s the Florida BSCIP that can, for example, provide an electric
stair lift that the person would use
to travel up and down stairs with little to no effort. Another example is a
transportation vehicle with a wheelchair loader inside which can lift the
person—while still in the wheelchair—up and into the vehicle safely. It’s easy
to forget how important our legs are, and it’s touching to see a group so
dedicated to helping others make the transition into a new life a smooth one.
One unfortunate event that could happen
to a patient—or the family of a patient—who receives a life-changing TBI in an
accident, however, is the exact opposite. ‘Hard living’ is sure to ensue if the
patient’s insurance provider treats the situation similar to the providers we
at Dolman Law have dealt with did in the past. They can belittle the situation;
they’ll insist that the injury is not as severe as people are making it seem;
they’ll declare a lesser payment and demand the final say.
Dolman Law Group
OUR CLEARWATER & TAMPA BAY AREA BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEYS
At the Clearwater based Dolman Law
Group, we strive to achieve the maximum protection for our clients. If you or a
loved one has been hospitalized or is currently living with a traumatic brain
injury and has had trouble receiving the insurance coverage that is or was owed
towards treatment in the situation, you may be eligible for compensation. It’s
hard enough dealing with the TBI itself, even as a family member of the
sufferer, so when medical payments start getting denied it can introduce an
overload of stress. Don’t settle for less; get exactly what you’re covered
for—no questions asked. Contact Dolman Law Group today for a free case evaluation and
consultation and we’ll let you know your rights, options and more.
often a place for some folks to check their text messages, take a sip of
coffee, or gaze at their hair in the mirror as they idle towards the light or
stop sign. Unfortunately, intersections
should not be seen as places for a “break” from driving. This is due to the fact that intersections
are the most dangerous portion of a roadway.
Intersections are dangerous for a number of reasons, but one of the main
factors is due to congestion. With more
cars in your immediate area, you are more likely to get in a wreck. Another reason intersections are so dangerous
is because we are carelessly relaxed and distracted behind the wheel. The distracted driver approaching an
intersection can often lead to a significant increase in the likelihood of a
Does your Comfy Car make you too Relaxed
Behind the Wheel?
A comfortable car is
exceptional; we all want that, but are we too comfortable? Some modern vehicles have perfectly cushioned
lumbar support seats, heated seats, high-end speakers, GPS, cellphones, climate
control, and suspensions where you barely feel a bump on the road. And of course, who can have a car trip
without their favorite cold soda and a snack in the middle console? Driving a
car can feel almost like you are driving around your favorite couch from
home. The creature comforts in late
model vehicles are great, but does this coziness lull us into a false sense of relaxation?
to the NHTSA, driving in a state of drowsiness causes 100,000 collisions a
year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. Furthermore, in 2012,
drivers who were overly relaxed behind the wheel caused 3,328 fatalities.
It is important to
remember that you are driving a huge, powerful chunk of metal that causes serious
injuries and deaths each year. Comfort
is fine, but that does not mean it is time to completely let your guard
down. One must maintain a level of attentiveness
to protect yourself and those around you.
Just a couple of nanoseconds of not paying attention could cause
catastrophic destruction, especially since our vehicles are getting bigger and
faster every year. Over the past thirty
years, the average vehicle horsepower has increased by eighty
percent. Furthermore, an ordinary
new vehicle has expanded from 3,221 pounds in 1987 to 4,009 pounds in 2010. Driving such gigantic and powerful machinery
carries great weight.
What are the Facts on Accidents Occurring
According to a report conducted by the
National Highway and Traffic Administration, 2,307,000 crashes occur at
intersections each year. Of those accidents, 7,421 are fatal. Additionally, older people are more likely victims
of an intersection accident. Individuals
over the age of 65 made up nearly 54 percent of all accident at the
intersection. Furthermore, women are more likely than men to get in an accident
at an intersection. Women are 9 percent more likely the victim of an
intersection-related accident than men.
What about the Minor Fender-Benders
that Involve Whiplash?
Fender benders and
rear-end accidents are frequent events at intersections. Often times, the
accident does not cause enormous damage to the vehicle, but they can cause
severe whiplash. According to the Mayo
Clinic, whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when your head swiftly moves
backward and then forward. These extreme motions jerk your neck muscles and
ligaments outside their regular range of motion. Some people recover from
whiplash easily, while others develop chronic pain from their whiplash.
·tenderness along the back of the neck and
·difficulty flexing, extending, or rotating the
·jaw tightness or difficulty chewing
Frequently, pain and
injuries are not apparent to the victim until some time after the incident. This is why it is imperative that you see your
doctor immediately after even the slightest fender bender to see if you are
injured or not. Furthermore, it is wise to contact an experienced car crash
attorney after an accident as you may be entitled to compensation for damages
caused by a negligent individual or corporation. Whiplash
injuries have the potential to leave you with stacks of medical bills.
So what Behaviors should I avoid to
keep my Family Safe?
Just knowing that intersections
are dangerous does not make anyone additionally protected. You need to know common causes of
intersection crashes. Once you know what
behaviors are dangerous, you can alter your conduct accordingly to decrease the
risk of harm to you and your family.
The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration conducted a report that showed the
·44% of intersection-related crashes are due to
drivers not paying adequate attention to their surroundings.
·22% of accidents at intersection happen when
making a left-hand turn.
·8.4% of intersection-related collisions were
produced by a driver’s false of assumption of another’s action.
·7.6% of accidents were caused by a driver
turning with an obstructed view.
According to the facts
above, there are several simple things your can do to decrease the likelihood
of getting in an accident at an intersection.
First, remind yourself that the intersection is not a place where you
can let your guard down. It is imperative
that you pay attention to your surroundings at all times behind the wheel. Second, do not try to guess what the other
driver is going to do next. You are only
in control of your vehicle, and you cannot assume that the other guy is not
distracted. Third, make sure you have
nothing blocking your view before you make that turn. It is just not worth it if you do not know if
you have a clear path. Making a turn
without knowing it is safe could lead to injuries and death for many
people. Finally, do not break the
law. The laws are in place for a reason.
Some laws are put into place after a
certain act has found to statically increase your risk of injury. Thus, you can
decrease your chances of injury by just not breaking the law. Moreover, others drivers rely on the law of
the road too, so if you make an unexpected or illegal maneuver you can bet that
other drivers will probably not expect your unlawful move.
Contact Clearwater and Tampa Injuries
Getting into a car
accident is always frustrating. The
entire staff at Dolman Law Group make it their priority to help victims through
these difficult times. The firm is
comprised of 7 Licensed Florida Attorneys which have represented countless victims.
Our attorneys are experience in guiding clients through difficulties. We give clients peace of mind so they can
focus on healing from their injuries.
Should you ever
encounter the tragic scenario of an intersection collision know your rights and
speak with the award winning attorneys at Dolman Law Group. Our consultation is always free and we only
earn a fee if we make a recovery for you.
Call 727-451-6900 for more information.
Marijuana, or Cannabis, while generally
considered beneficial in the fight against some of the most major medical
conditions, is only legal for recreational use in 2 states, Colorado and
Washington. It is, however, legal—under specific circumstances—in a surprising
23 states (and DC). Many states in which
marijuana use is illegal are deciding to take steps to partially or completely legalize
Cannabis for both medical and recreational use. Florida—being a large,
influential, and hot (literally) vacation destination—has been getting a lot of
attention lately. On the November 4th, 2014 ballot, voters ranging
everywhere from Clearwater to Tallahassee will finally have their chance to
legalize medical marijuana.
Facts & Benefits of Marijuana Use
The cannabis plant comes in 3
species: sativa, indica, and ruderalis. Depending on the preparation and
harvesting method, cannabis is often used for its seeds and their oils, hemp
fiber, and can also serve as both a medical and recreational drug. The main
psychoactive constituent of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. THC is the active ingredient that causes a
user to feel “high”.
According to ballotpedia.org,
there is no record of any person ever dying from an overdose of marijuana.
Marijuana is known to be helpful in some of these
suffered by AIDS patients
·Decrease nausea and
increase appetite to counter effects caused by, for example, chemotherapy
in the eye(s) suffered by glaucoma patients
neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients
harmful effects of tobacco and improve lung health
·Can help control
epileptic seizures and symptoms of seizures caused by Dravet’s Syndrome
·Can stop cancer
progression of Alzheimer’s disease
C and increases treatment effectiveness
Uniquely raised, genetically modified,
or naturally different strands of marijuana are one of the reasons that makes legalization
an issue in the United States. There’s a difference between smoking to feel
better and smoking to ‘feeeeel’
better. Getting high is when smoking or ingesting marijuana turns into a
recreational activity instead of a medical treatment, or so people say. It’s
almost like a side effect that people need to learn to accept. Nyquil makes you
drowsy but it gets rid of your cold; marijuana may alter your attitude or
behavior but it can cure or ease some serious conditions. What will it be?
There has been approximately $6,200,000
spent on supportive campaigns, and an amazing $3,300,000 spent on opposing
campaigns, which is insanely high based when you consider polls which state
that most citizens are supportive of
the legalization. (ballotpedia.org)
Marijuana is argued to be dangerous for the following
·Rapid heart beat
·Lack of physical
·Panic attacks or
·Lung damage and
conditions such as bronchitis (despite what the benefits listed)
·Birth defects and
abnormalities (as a result of the
father’s sperm, or the mother smoking while pregnancy).
The proposed negative effects of
marijuana seem like the exact opposites when compared with the positive
effects, but it’s no surprise that the ones claiming these side effects are
huge, wealthy campaigns designed specifically to stop drug use in the world.
This raises the question; why do they care so much? Where are they getting the money
to fund these campaigns?
It’s a common belief that big
pharmaceutical companies like AmerisourceBergen are the
ones funding the anti-drug campaigns like Drugfreeworld.org
because the legalization of marijuana could mean consumers wouldn’t need to
rely on big companies to get their monthly medical fix; they’d be able to grow
their own. In many states you’re allowed the legal growth of a certain number
of plants if you’re eligible for medical marijuana use; in California, for
example, you’re allowed a total of 6 mature or 12 immature plants.
Through citizen initiation, voters will
be able to vote for the legalization of medical marijuana in the state of
Florida on the November 4th ballot. It’s numbered as Amendment 2
and was initially introduced in 2009 by People United for Medical Marijuana,
also known as UnitedForCare.
If passed, it will legally allow those who have a “debilitating medical
condition” the ability to use, possess, produce, and buy or sell marijuana.
This amendment will in no way affect the laws that are already in place
pertaining to recreational use.
·In June, 2014,
Governor Rick Scott signed 2 senate bills (SB1030 and SB1700) which would make
Florida the 22nd state in the nation to legalize the use of
marijuana for medical purposes. This only allows the use of very weak strands
of marijuana, but it was the first real look at legalization Florida has seen.
firm Morgan and Morgan has heavily pushed to gain attention to voters in the
state. The campaign, headed by John Morgan himself, has been a great success.
·It must win a
supermajority vote of 60 percent to pass, and with more than a couple polls
resulting in “Yes” counts well over 70%, it’s expected to pass. (ballotpedia.org)
We’ll all know the outcome of this
amendment when the day comes, but until then, continue to fight for what you believe
in. Marijuana is seen as a miracle to some, and a life destroying addictive
drug to others. Many voters see this issue as a vote for personal choice and
individual rights. We live in a nation where the majority has the final say, so
if you plan on getting the freedom you want and deserve, step up and vote.